William Ilkley trained at Rose Bruford. His extensive work in theatre has included productions at the National Theatre, Bolton Octagon, the Royal Exchange, Newcastle Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Watford Palace, Harrogate Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, Derby Playhouse, Leicester Haymarket, York Theatre Royal, New Vic Stoke, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Swan Stratford, Edinburgh Festival, UK tours and in London’s West End. Selected productions include Bouncers, which he has performed in over 750 times; The Mousetrap in the West End and on UK tour; and, most recently, the UK tour of The Full Monty. He spent nearly 20 years with John Godbers’ Hull Truck Theatre Company where he had six plays written specially for him. He is an Associate Artist of the new John Godber Company. TV includes Harry’s Game, Doctor Who, Howards’ Way, All Creatures Great and Small, The Bill, Last of the Summer Wine, Heartbeat, Emmerdale, Pigeon Summer, The Ward, Coronation Street, Wing and a Prayer, Gold, Hetty Wainthrop Investigates, Casualty, Judge John Deed, Dalziel and Pascoe, Holby City, The Last Detective, EastEnders, Battlefield Britain, Doctors, Family Affairs, Breaking the Chains, Vincent, Class of 76, Thin Ice, Midsomer Murders, The Royal, Casualty 1909, Hollyoaks, DCI Banks and Endeavour. Film includes Defrosting the Fridge, Small Zones, The Fix, Shipwrecked, The Whipping Boy, Night of the Fox, Paper Marriage, Between Two Women, The Jealous God, Thunder Road, Is Anybody There?, The Boat That Rocked and The Day of the Triffids.